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July 22, 2013

NPR picks up HLSWatch topic

Filed under: DHS News — by Philip J. Palin on July 22, 2013

Monday’s All Things Considered featured an interview with Christian Beckner on the same topic as Christian’s most recent HLSWatch post. You can hear the interview and related news reporting at: Lack of Leaders Puts Strain on Homeland Security Department.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

July 23, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

Definitely an important topic.

I would be interested in a spread sheet if available of how DHS and FEMA FTE are currently allocated?

Rumors of a 15% across the Board reduction in DHS and its components and contracting dollars in the FY 2014 beginning October 1st. OMB Budget guidance for FY 2015 arrives around Labor Day.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

July 23, 2013 @ 11:34 pm

Lack of leadership and the depravity and lawlessness of an incompetent, divisive and unreliable Chicago city street slicker in America’s oval office:


Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA”
PO Box 1612
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645 USA

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 24, 2013 @ 1:57 am

Chris’ link to the Roubini article should be of great interest.

Perhaps economics and demography are disciplines that could inform HS?

Comment by John Bradford

July 29, 2013 @ 6:09 am

I must commend both the initial post and the attention it has created. I can tell you that several individuals in Leadership in DHS have read this and were, frankly, shocked. There are more changes to come, I fear, but again harken back to the adage you raised in the article- leadership, perhaps even more than leaders, is what is needed to navigate DHS through this crisis.

To build on Bill’s comment above, demographics and Chris’ ever salient “metahazards” characterizations for DHS come to mind as two major focii for the Department heading forward. Prioritization and mission emphasis are key right now, and both of those, in my opinion, can offer some direction and narrowing in a way that has been lacking overall. Considering DHS must always default to some attention on terrorism and catastrophes, an additional incorporation of demographics and metahazards, in my opinion, can connect better with the state and local customer and provide some distinction among other agencies in the eyes of Congress.

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